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December 1, 2012

Do You Remember Dec. 1?

Tonawanda News — 2002 — 10 years ago

• A Civil War-era building in Buffalo was knocked over by strong winds just as efforts were under way to revive it. The roofless structure came tumbling down less than an hour after its rear wall collapsed.

• The Garden Club of the Tonawandas was offering Christmas tours of the Long Homestead with the theme “To Grandmother’s House We Go.”

1987 — 25 years ago

• Yuri Kravtsav, who teaches Russian literature in Rostove, a city near the Black Sea, met with Russian language students and faculty at North Tonawanda High School.

• Vandals snipped the wires on Christmas lights decorating trees on Main Street and caused $500 damage to the electrical outlets.

1962 — 50 years ago

• Fifth graders at Ohio School published a monthly newsletter after getting the idea for a paper from a book they read.

• Dr. Robert Regan of North Tonawanda retired as plant physician for the International Paper Company after 29 years with the company. His successor was Dr. Joseph Galdys.

1942 — 70 years ago

• Michael Rhodes Jr., 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rhodes, 167 William St., Tonawanda, began a 30 day furlough after combat near Casablanca. His troop ship came under enemy fire while ferrying men, supplies and munitions ashore.

• “Daredevil” Oliver Sworms, a carnival high diver, announced his retirement “unless I can’t resist the lure of the carnival.” The Tonawanda native would jump 120 feet from a platform into a tank of water.

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